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Inspired by Kallman Parry, here are the 21 most impactful books that I’ve read.

1984

This was a required reading for my second-year (Sophomore) English class in high school (~2016-2017). 1984 showed me the power of words and how deep they link to the quality and material of thought—diminishing the quality and material of words directly empowers those in power to stay in power.

This was a required reading over the summer for AP Psychology, which I took in my third (Junior) year of high school (~2017-2018). Blink shocked me with the awareness that other people engaged in deep and scientific metacognition—and that we (humans) are not as good as we think we are.

Brave New World

I read this in my third (Junior) year of high school (~2017-2018). Brave New World showed me how a hedonistic culture quietly undermines liberty and allows those in power to stay in power.

This webcomic explains the contrasts between 1984 and Brave new world.

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!

I read this in my fourth (Senior) year of high school (~2019).

Atomic Habits

I pre-orded this book and read it in my fourth (Senior) year of high school (~2019).

Influence

I read this in my fourth (Senior) year of high school (~2019).

Quiet

I read this in my first (Freshman) year of college (~2019).

Sapiens

When did I read this?

New Thinking

When did I read this?

When Breath Becomes Air

When did I read this?

The Meditations

Read this sometime in 2020.

This is Marketing

I pre-ordered this book, but held off on reading it during school because I knew I didn’t have the attention to actually read it. Read this sometime in 2020.

Manifesto for a Moral Revolution

Found by Seth Godin’s Books for Spring.

Heroic Leadership

Recommended by Patrick Bennett.

The Culture Map

I read this in my second (Sophomore) year of college, prompted by a project on culture and the release of No Rules Rules, co-authored by Erin Meyers.

Map and Territory

Read: December 19, 2020

How to Actually Change Your Mind

Read: December 27, 2020

Who Not How

Read: January 05, 2021

The Coaching Habit

Read: February 04, 2021

How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

Read: June 04, 2021

The Machine Stops

Read: June 16, 2021